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Old 12-19-2010, 02:56 PM
 
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Hi everyone....very excited about our planned move to Houston and thanks to everyone here for your answers.

Our new home is under construction in the southwest area and from the way things are, looks like it will be completed 1.5 to 2 months ahead of our scheduled move date to Houston. Was wondering if I can have some advice on things to look out for? Mainly I was looking at some advice on how to deal with the power, gas, utilities etc. What temperature the home should be preset to or if at all turning on the A/C would be necessary? We are hoping to ask a friend to keep check on the home once every week? Lawn care would obviously be another issue.

Thanks a lot and any inputs appreciated!
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Old 12-19-2010, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Spring, TX
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as long as it's locked, i wouldn't be too concerned.....maybe since you won't be there for a couple months, you may want to have a security system install (if not installed already) and also monitored. as far as getting utilities, i would get it transferred into your name as soon as you close, that way it's still in the builder's name, and it would just be a transfer and you won't have to physically be there for them. they'll just come and read the meter and transfer it into your name.

i wouldn't even have the a/c on at all. no sense in paying a bill for 2 months when you're not even there. as far as lawn care, luckily it's winter time and the lawn doesn't grow fast at all.
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Old 12-19-2010, 04:34 PM
 
Location: The Greater Houston Metro Area
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Since it will be vacant the month of February - make sure the pipes are drained of water - "winterize" it. We had several pipes burst in ceilings last year in vacant homes, causing lots of damage.
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Old 12-20-2010, 05:56 PM
 
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Thanks a lot !!
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Old 12-20-2010, 06:00 PM
 
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In a humid climate like Houston it's always wise to leave the AC on at a reasonable temp just to keep the air inside the home dry. I would find someone locally just to take a look at it every couple weeks to make sure things are ok.
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Old 12-20-2010, 09:03 PM
 
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I purchase my first Houston home while I was still living in another state. I was able to make the electricity connection on our name via telephone with the company. The water Dept (Bellaire) had to be done in person...so I wrote an authorization letter for my friend to take care of this for me in person.
I agree you should have the A/C running at a reasonable temp to keep the home dry. Lawn care if you have sprinkler system - have your friend set up a timer so that it turns on/off by itself every other day for just a few minutes. Your friend can probably find you a lawn guy to come every other week until you arrive to keep the grass nice.

Another thing - once the mailbox goes up, you will start receiving all sorts of "welcome to the neighborhood mail" so again...ask your friend to stop by and pick it up regularly.. having a full mailbox means that it's an empty house for anyone trying to break in (obviously your stuff is not there...but you don't want your doors/windows or already installed appliances damaged).
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Old 12-20-2010, 09:17 PM
 
Location: The Greater Houston Metro Area
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When will you most likely be arriving? Is it just the cold months that it will be vacant?
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Old 01-04-2011, 11:49 PM
 
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Thanks again to y'all!

Houston_2010 - Thanks for the input....
cheryjohns - yes....am hoping to relocate by late April...shouldnt go beyond end of May from the way things are currently....
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